What’s not to love about a hike or long distance walk? It’s an adventure, a chance to experience a new culture and better still, an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in a new country. Europe is home to many of the world’s great walks, and for some of them just one more footstep can take you across a border and into a new land - eat pasta for dinner in Italy at night, and the following morning breakfast on croissants and jam in France. Hiking can take you through knee-high pastures at the foothills of the Alps, through the cobbled lanes of Spain, or past the chiming Church bells of an Italian village. The experts at Adventure Travel have selected six of the best walks in Europe; some of them better known, and some off the beaten track.
Adventure Travel consultant Yvette Park loves nothing more than exploring at her own pace – so she wasn’t sure she’d enjoy a 15-day Avalon Waterways cruise through central Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam. But as Yvette soon found out, passengers get to spend just as much time on terra firma as they do on board the luxury ship watching the world glide by.
The cruise took Yvette went through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock, and through quaint towns, stunning scenery and gothic ruins along the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Most afternoons, Yvette and her now-husband disembarked to cycle through Amsterdam’s historic villages, sample some of Germany’s famous beer at charming cafes set on 16th century cobblestones, or join a tour through one of the many world-renowned museums and galleries that central Europe has to offer.
Adventure Travel consultant Yvette Park has done six trips with Intrepid Travel, the latest was a journey through northern Italy, from the bustling capital of Rome through to the romantic floating city of Venice. After so many years in the travel industry planning other people’s trips, Yvette says it’s a treat to travel with Intrepid and relax in the knowledge they’ve put the best itinerary together.
Fancy going to an obscure country where few travellers have been before you? Our travel consultants have traversed all seven continents and love nothing more than using their expertise to send intrepid adventurers off the tourist trail and into the farthest corners of the earth.
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